December 20, 2018 / 2:04 AM / 10 months ago

Soccer-Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

Dec 20 (Reuters) - Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of round 18 of the Premier League on Dec. 21-23 (games at 1500 GMT unless stated):

Friday, Dec. 21

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool (2000)

*If Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool win they are guaranteed to be top of the league on Christmas Day. Each of the last four sides in the lead on Dec. 25 have gone on to claim the title.

*Wolves won their last competitive game against Liverpool in their FA Cup clash in Jan. 2017. They have not won consecutive games against Liverpool since Nov. 1980.

*Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been involved in 10 goals in eight league appearances against promoted teams, scoring five and assisting five.

*Wolves will be the 27th different side Klopp has faced in the league. The German has beaten all 26 other teams.

*Liverpool are unbeaten in 18 league games - their longest run in the top-flight since Nov. 1990.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Arsenal v Burnley (1230)

*Arsenal have nine wins and a draw in their last 10 matches against Burnley in all competitions, conceding four goals.

*Arsenal have lost two of their 18 home league matches in 2018, with both defeats coming against Manchester City.

*Johann Berg Gudmundsson has been involved in six of Burnley’s 15 league goals, scoring two and assisting four.

*Burnley have failed to score in seven of their last 10 away games in the league.

*Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has contributed 12 goals and five assists in his 16 league games at home.

Bournemouth v Brighton and Hove Albion

*Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser have combined for six league goals this season, more than any other duo.

*Brighton boss Chris Hughton has never beaten Bournemouth in his managerial career, losing three and drawing once.

*Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth have lost six of their last seven games, slipping from sixth to 11th in the standings.

*Wilson has scored in each of his last two league games against Brighton.

*Brighton have lost their last two league games. They last lost three in a row in a single season in December last year.

Chelsea v Leicester City

*Chelsea have lost once in their last 12 league matches against Leicester, with the defeat coming at the King Power Stadiun in Dec. 2015.

*Chelsea are unbeaten in 12 league home games, keeping a clean sheet in their last three at Stamford Bridge.

*Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has been involved in 17 goals (eight goals, nine assists) so far, more than any other player.

*Leicester have failed to win in any of their last eight visits to Stamford Bridge in all competitions.

*Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has scored 27 goals in 47 league appearances against last season’s top-six teams, including two in seven meetings with Chelsea.

Huddersfield Town v Southampton

*Huddersfield are unbeaten in their last three home games against Southampton, keeping a clean sheet in the last two.

*Only Selhurst Park (13) has seen fewer goals among top flight grounds this season than Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium (14).

*Huddersfield’s three league goals at home this season have been scored in the first 30 minutes of matches.

*Following their win against Arsenal, Southampton are looking to record consecutive league victories for the first time since April 2017.

*David Wagner’s Huddersfield have lost each of their last four league games, losing by a one-goal margin each time.

Manchester City v Crystal Palace

*City have won all nine home games so far. They last managed the feat in 2013-14 when they went on to win 11 in a row.

*City have not lost to Palace at home in their last 13 meetings in all competitions, winning 10 games.

*Palace have conceded 13 goals without reply in their last four matches against City in all competitions.

*None of the current Palace players have scored at the Etihad Stadium, with academy coach Darren Powell the last Palace player to do so in 2005.

*Palace are without a win in their last six away games.

Newcastle United v Fulham

*Newcastle have lost seven out of nine home games so far.

*Fulham have beaten Newcastle in their last three league meetings, including two wins in the Championship.

*Basement side Fulham have let in 42 goals, having conceded in every game so far.

*Fulham forward Aleksandr Mitrovic has been involved in nine goals, scoring seven and making two assists.

*Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has not lost a home Premier League game against Fulham, with his teams winning four and drawing three matches.

West Ham United v Watford

*West Ham are looking to win three straight league games at the London Stadium for the first time.

*Victory will also give them five consecutive league wins for the first time since 2006.

*Watford have conceded in each of their last seven league games, letting in 13 goals.

*West Ham’s Felipe Anderson has played a part in six goals in his last seven league games, scoring five and assisting one.

*Watford have scored five goals from outside the penalty area, behind only Manchester City (7) and Arsenal (9).

Cardiff City v Manchester United (1730)

*United’s interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes charge of the club for the first time.

*The Norwegian had led Cardiff to relegation from the top flight in 2014 after replacing Malky Mackay.

*Sixth-placed United sacked Jose Mourinho on Tuesday having made their worst start to a season for 28 years.

*United’s defence has conceded 29 league goals so far, one more than they did in the whole of last season.

*United are unbeaten in seven league games against Cardiff, last losing to the Welsh side in a first division match in 1960.

Sunday, Dec. 23

Everton v Tottenham Hotspur

*Everton have beaten Tottenham eight times in 52 Premier League meetings.

*The Merseyside club have not beaten Tottenham in their last 11 league meetings.

*Everton’s Richarlison is looking to score his fifth league goal in as many home matches.

*Tottenham’s Harry Kane has scored two goals in each of his last three league appearances against Everton.

*Third-placed Tottenham are yet to draw a match this season, winning 13 games and losing four. (Compiled by Hardik Vyas and Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru Editing by Toby Davis)

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